April 24, 2013
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After much deliberation, the Splendour in the Grass line-up dropped this morning. Now generally considered to be Australia biggest festival, the organisers have not held back announcing a strong mix of foreign and local acts. With three diverse head-liners on each night; Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons and The National (the latter two performing their only Australian shows), Splendour will once again have a high number of ticket sales.
For me highlights of the line-up include; Babyshambles (with Pete Doherty’s first tour of Australia), Klaxons, Surfer Blood, Cold War Kids, Portugal. The Man, TV on the Radio and The National, with a polite smattering of great Australian bands.
Tickets Sales dates have not yet been confirmed, but pricing is as follows:
Three day event ticket: $350 + BF
One day event ticket: $140 + BF
Camping pass: $99 + BF
Country Club ticket: $699+BF
Splendour takes place from Friday July 26 – Sunday July 28
Mumford & Sons (Only Australian Show)
The National (Only Australian Show)
Of Monsters & Men
Empire Of The Sun
TV On The Radio (Only Australian Show)
Birds Of Tokyo
Architecture In Helsinki
Polyphonic Spree (Performing Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Boy & Bear
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Cold War Kids
You Am I (Performing Sound As Ever & Hi-Fi Way)
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
Portugal. The Man
Something For Kate
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Little Green Cars
The Jungle Giants
Art Of Sleeping
Yolanda Be Cool
What So Not
August 8, 2012
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Ahead of their highly anticipated second album Babel, Mumford & Sons have dropped their lead single. I Will Wait is a trademark M&S song that features the banjo that has we have become accustomed to. With them visiting Australia alter this year, we will be hearing I Will Wait and the rest of Babel in a few months.
Babel will be released on September 24th, and the band will play Rod Laver Arena on the 25th of October
June 28, 2012
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As mentioned here a few weeks ago, Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have announced a co-headline tour in support of their new albums. Two of the world’s premier indie-folk artists found fame with their debut albums, Sigh No More and Up From Below respectively. They will play all major centres and a couple of regional centres with the Melbourne show on 25th October at Rod Laver Arena.
The most interesting part of this announcement is yet to even be finalised. Mumford & Sons have been running an event known as Gentlemen of the Road, a one-day ‘festival’ at a hand-picked location. The Australian chapter will be the seventh time they have hosted the event, which has been held in Bristol, Monterey and Portland and has featured the like of The Maccabees, The Vaccines, St Vincent, Justin Townes Earle, Jeff the Brotherhood, The Very Best and Grouplove. If this is anything to go by, this could be more excited than the headline shows.
June 4, 2012
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A few big gigs have been announced in the last 24 hours. I’ll work through them chronologically, so as not to show any favouritism.
Firstly, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have leaked via their twitter that they intend to tour down-under with Mumford & Sons in October of this year. Edward Sharpe last toured Australia last year with Big Day Out, and 2012 will be their third straight year touring down here, having down a headline tour at the beginning of 2010 as well. This years tour will sample songs from their new album Here, which was released last week. With a new album due out in late September, Australia will be one of the first to hear Mumford and Sons play their new tracks live. Having toured Australia twice in 2010, this will be the first tour here for the band since Splendour in the Grass of that year. Dates have not yet been finalised, but expect Festival Hall to be the venue.
Secondly, The xx have confirmed details for a surprise July tour. In a message on their Facebook this morning, the band will play The Forum on the 18th of July. In an attempt to combat scalpers, the group are issuing a ticket ballot for those fans wanting to buy tickets. The group also announced their newest album Coexist will be released on 7th September through Young Turks/Remote Control locally.
Finally, legendary surf-pop outfit The Beach Boys will tour their new album, along with the giant back-catalogue in August. With the original members reunited for the first time in 20 years, the group will play Rod Laver Arena on 31st of July. With their 29th Studio Album That’s Why God Made The Radio in stores this week, the group will play a fairly wide-ranging set.